Jul 18, 2017
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Were Liverpool right to reject a Fenerbahce bid for Divock Origi?

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All the talks so far this summer surrounding Liverpool’s transfer business has been on the incomings. However, reports have emerged from Turkey as Fotospor report that Fenerbahce have been priced out of a move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

It may not come as a huge surprise given that the Belgian made just 14 Premier League starts last season. He was involved in every game and played in 34 out of 38, but was only trusted to start in less than half of games. When you consider that he scored in six and provided an assist in another of those starts, the 22-year-old may feel hard done by.

Having fallen behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order as a central striker, Origi was at times trialed in a wide role and at others he was even behind Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order. With Mohamed Salah adding support on the wings, and youngsters like Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo also competing with the returning Danny Ings, it is hard to see what kind of role Origi will have in 2017/18.

That said, it’s also understandable that the Reds would set a very high price for Origi. The youngster clearly has huge potential and has shown as much when he has found form at Anfield. His problem has been that such form has too often deserted him, with purple patches and dry spells throughout his career on Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp will not want to allow the forward to leave just yet. With room to improve and a clinical finisher, he is the kind of strength in depth that the club will need if they are to compete both in Europe and domestically next season. He may face competition with Daniel Sturridge, but given the England international’s injury issues, it seems like Origi is certainly the preferred long term option.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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